July 16, 2014: A few new things

For NotGraphs, I baseballized some photos from the World Cup: link
Also for NotGraphs, I wrote a post about having a shy bladder, and an imagined double play: link
A drawing of a pitcher: link
Another drawing of Dodger Stadium: link
And the All-Starr Game: link


July 3, 2014: Dodger Stadium


Dodger Stadium is my favourite ballpark. I could happily do a drawing of it every day and never get bored. Well, maybe. Anyway, here are a couple of drawings of it: an ink-on-paper drawing, and one using the iPad app, Adobe Ideas.


July 2, 2014: Eighteen paintings of ballparks


It's five years since I visited a US ballpark. On this anniversary, here are eighteen paintings of the parks I went to.


July 1, 2014: Some new stuff

For NotGraphs, I did all of the MLB teams' names written in the colour code that Peter Saville used on the sleeve for Blue Monday and a couple of other records: link

Also for NotGraphs, I wrote about going to Puebla, a town about two hours from Mexico City, to watch baseball: link

Not for NotGraphs, I did a pie chart re. AT&T Park: link


June 16, 2014: World Cup dates


If, as is likely, you come to this site for baseball-y stuff, then you may well be sick of all the soccer stuff of late. Bear with me, though, it's the World Cup. Important stuff. And here's a chart that's not actually particularly interesting, just it's a way to show some basic information in one place: when during the year each of the World Cups has taken place.


June 11, 2014: Summer 2014


An animated GIF that I did for NotGraphs. About sport in the summer of 2014.


June 6, 2014: Liverpool F.C. at the World Cup


A quick one, looking at Liverpool players who represented their nation at the World Cup.


June 4, 2014: "¿Tacos, Güero?"


Some drawings of vendors at the Daiblos Rojo's ballpark, Foro Sol, in Mexico City. Also, I did a drawing of a ballpark in the shape of a fleur-de-lis for a Carson Cistulli post here. Click on the image in the post to see it bigger.


June 4, 2014: World Cup squads


Here's a chart about the announced World Cup squads, and how many players play club football in their home country. Also an updated look at the history of the World Cup squads of Argentina, Brazil, Italy, and (West) Germany.


June 2, 2014: World Cup kits


Looking at the logos on the kits of teams playing in the World Cup since the start of time. Well, since 1930, anyway. And I finished up an entirely-too-late chart about the Premier League relegation battle in 2011 that I did about 80% of the day after the end of that season, then forgot about it, but it felt like a waste to not finish it, and there may be a handful of people interested, so I did it. That one is here.


May 31, 2014: London football teams


Not an infographic, rather an animation that uses data. Basically, since the 1958-59 season, English football has had four top tiers. Prior to that, there were the first two divisions and two third divisions, a north division, and a south division. Since that season, of the 92 teams in those four divisions, between 11 and 14 of them have always been London-based teams. This animation uses the places of those teams within the four tiers and the colours of those teams to create an animation. The longer a team is in a specific division, the closer to the edge of the circle that team is.


May 28, 2014: Snow globe


New drawing for NotGraphs.


May 21, 2014: Paving Slab Field

New drawing for NotGraphs.


May 19, 2014: Some soccer drawings


First, eleven drawings of teams from the last eleven World Cups. Not winners or great teams, just teams that took part. Partakers, if you will. And a couple of drawings of specific players: the best player in the world, Lionel Messi, and a pretty good Real Madrid player without a face.


May 14, 2014: More drawings


A few more drawings for NotGraphs featuing Arthur Rhodes, José Altuve, Fibonacci, and some clouds. Plus a drawing of some baseball players with six versions, basically showing some of the tenchique and thought process going towards a final piece. See 'em here: http://www.fangraphs.com/not/author/craig-robinson/


May 11, 2014: Premier League 2013-14 chart


Well, as a Liverpool fan, that was a bittersweet end to the season. Amazing to finish second and have Champions League football next season. A bit disappointing to not win the title. Here's a chart about some aspects of the season. I've also updated the chart about Liverpool since 1990-91.


April 10, 2014: Catching up


It's been a while. Off-season came and went, I spent a couple of months in London, lived in a hotel for a while, and now have a new apartment a stone's throw from the stadium of my Mexican soccer team of choice, Cruz Azul. I've not done any infographics about baseball in that time. Weird. Not sure why, but, that's life. I have, though done a bunch of drawings about baseball. Mostly because I have started contributing to NotGraphs. You can see all of the stuff I do for them (a new thing every Wednesday) here. Also of note, I illustrated Matthew Kory's article at Sports on Earth about player nicknames. That's worth a read/look, too. now that I'm a bit more settled in my real life, more infographics soon.


March 26, 2014: Buying Tickets for a Mexican League Home Opener


I wrote about doing such a thing for NotGraphs.


November 9, 2013: David Ortiz


Quick drawing (using Brushes app on iPod touch) of David Ortiz.


November 1, 2013: Day of the Dead Baseball Teams


Walking around my neighbourhood (Coyoacán) the other day, I was thinking about the Expos, and seeing people setting up stuff for the Day of the Dead, I put those two things together and drew an ofrenda for the teams that relocated.


October 28, 2013: Árbol de Béisbol


This is something I've been working on (slowly) for over two years. A tree of baseball history. Three or four figures from each decade of Major League Baseball. Clicky click above for to see the full image and some introduction text about it.


October 18, 2013: Switching the -stons


There was a moment in last night's Tigers-Red Sox game, when the camera showed David Ortiz from a three-quarter-ish view, and I saw just a few letters on his road jersey: STON. For some reason my brain read it as Houston, not Boston. Stupid, really. Even stupider was spending my time doing this: imagining what would happen if the two teams switched cities. I give you the Houston Red Sox and the Boston Astros.


October 16, 2013: Balls in logos


Fourteen major league teams have balls in their logos. I isolated those balls, and fiddled around in Photoshop to fill in the gaps. Can you guess which ball belongs to which team?


October 13, 2013: ALCS game one


The television company that broadcast the first game of the Tigers-Red Sox ALCS seemed to enjoy show anxious Boston fans during the bottom of the ninth inning. Here's an infographic about that.


October 11, 2013: World Series match-ups


If you have no rooting interest in the ALCS and NLCS this year, here's why you could root for the Tigers and Dodgers: it's the only possible World Series that hasn't happened before.


October 10, 2013: How to dress


A quick guide for rich baseball players.


October 9, 2013: What if...?


I got to wondering: what if all games were played like extra innings. The first team to break a tie wins. So for this, my last chart for Getting Blanked, I looked at every box score from all 2,430 games in the 2013 regular season and re-arranged the standings accordingly. Spoiler: the Pirates wouldn't've made the playoffs. But they still finished over .500.


October 3, 2013: Cleveland Indians uniforms


I spent a solid few hours looking at images of the Cleveland Indians on Getty Images a couple of days ago, noting down which of their five main unis (and three one off unis) they wore for which games. Here's the results of that research. Something to note: there is nothing on this chart that mentions how I feel about the use of Chief Wahoo. I'm don't like it. But I'm also not an Indians fan or have any connection to Cleveland, Ohio. I have tried to ignore my personal feelings about Wahoo in the chart and just present the information clearly.


September 30, 2013: Mariano Rivera, pitcher


New chart for Bronx Banter about Mariano Rivera's amazing career.


September 26, 2013: Mariano


Quick drawing done after his last home game: Mariano Rivera leaving the Yankee Stadium bullpen.


September 20, 2013: Who's the best at doing baseball?


New chart for Getting Blanked looks at MVP and Cy Young Award winners and how their WAR compares with other players.


September 12, 2013: The Sinistral Baseball League


I'm a lefty. It's unfair that I can't be a short stop, so I imagined a past league where it would've been possible...


September 4, 2013: Pittsburgh Pirates


As of last night, the Pittsburgh Pirates are no longer losers. Hurrah for them.


August 31, 2013: Béisbol en México


There are quite a lot of pro leagues. Here's a map of the leagues, cities, and teams.


August 29, 2013: Djokovic vs. Murray


Another non-baseball chart, this time looking back a couple of months at the Wimbledon Men's Singles Final.


August 29, 2013: Premier League sponsors and kit manufacturers


Non-baseball chart. Looks at the history of kit manufacturers and sponsors of English Premier League teams.


August 22, 2013: Baseball players are


My latest chart for Getting Blanked is about what happens when you type the names of baseball players into Google.


August 14, 2013: Know your Jarrods


... and Jareds and Jarreds and Jereds.


August 1, 2013: Diablos Rojos del México vs. Rieleros de Aguascalientes


It was the last game of the Mexican League regular season yesterday. Actually it was a doubleheader. A nice way to spend an afternoon. I took my iPad with me (shielding it like a baby every time a foul ball came within 100 feet of me) and did a drawing.


June 30, 2013: The Clint Hurdle Palette


Who needs Pantone when you've got Clint Hurdle?


June 29, 2013: 15 years on the ballot


To me, there's something kinda special about those players who weren't Hall of Famers but were still good enough to stay on the ballot for the full 15-year period. My new chart for Getting Blanked looks at those players.


July 5, 2013: Putting the Great In Great Britain: Baseball in London


I wrote about going to see some National Baseball League games. That's the top tier of British baseball.


June 27, 2013: Pedro Martínez


My new chart for Getting Blanked looks at the career of Pedro Martínez. He was good.


May 28, 2013: World Cup players and their clubs


Yet another soccer chart today. This is something I did on my blog about five years ago, and I've been meaning to update it: charts looking at the World Cup squads of Brazil, Germany, Argentina, and Italy over the years. When I was a kid, lots of the players in the World Cup from Brazil and Argentina were players I'd never seen play before. Nowadays, though, so many of South America's top players do what we'd all do: go where the money is. And the money is in Europe.


May 27, 2013: Relegation


Another soccer chart today. This time looking at what happens to the teams that have dropped out of the Football League; that is, to the fifth tier of English soccer.


May 25, 2013: Liverpool FC 1990/91-2012/13


On this, the eighth anniversary of their fantastic Champions League victory, let's have a look at Liverpool's twenty-three seasons since they last were English champions. Sad face. Yep, that's right, it's about soccer. Run to the hills!


May 23, 2013: Pentagonball


My new chart for Getting Blanked: what would baseball be like were there five bases?


May 20, 2013: George Brett


An examination of the events caused by some crab legs from Kokomo's at the Mirage in Las Vegas, Nevada.


May 16, 2013: Live From The Mexican League All Star Game


I wrote about my trip to Oaxaca this past weekend to see the Liga Mexicana's Juego de Estrellas.







THE SINISTRAL BASEBALL LEAGUE
An invented league that, sadly, only lasted for part of one season. Here's the promotional poster for that league, where short stops are left-handed.



HERMOSILLO STORIES
Eric Nusbaum and I went to Hermosillo to watch some Caribbean Series baseball. We wrote and drew about it for Sports on Earth. And, in doing so, produced some other content, too, so I've gathered all the links together, in case you wanna see everything that we did.



LEGO BALLPLAYERS
Exactly what the title sounds like: Lego representations of baseball players. everything that we did.


FLIP FLOP FLY BALL
An Infographic Baseball Adventure

The photo above might've tipped you off to the fact that there's a book! 160 pages of charts, drawings, essays, and a foreword by Rob Neyer. More info here.
Published by Bloomsbury USA. In stores now.
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